Location, location, location

For $2195 a month, you and your family can live in a two bedroom apartment in the West End. And it seems that humble Nelson Park has been transformed into a luxury amenity.

I often walk along Bute Street and pass the Berkeley, a three story walk-up across from Lord Roberts Annex school. It’s an attractive red brick heritage building that always catches my eye.

After all the tenants were renovicted from the Berkeley in  2009, the building was transformed to high-end rental. Now the men in hard hats are gone, the sawdust has been cleaned up, and a big banner adorns the side of the building, advertising suites for rents.

The building is the “featured rental” on easyrent.ca, and shows photos of beautifully renovated apartments. One bedrooms are listed at $1595 a month. Copy on the site plays up the proximity to Nelson Park, which, the site points out helpfully, includes “playground equipment designed for young children.”